The Big Sleep details
|Starring:||Elisha Cook, Sonia Darrin, Martha Vickers, Charles Waldron, Elisha Cook Jr Jr., Louis Jean Heydt, Peggy Knudsen, Dorothy Malone, John Ridgely, Regis Toomey, Lauren Bacall, Charles D. Brown, Humphrey Bogart, Peggy Knudsen /|
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The Big Sleep
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 May 2006|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, Italian|
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Why have they ever bothered with remakes ??By roncoach (370 reviews) from suffolk , 04 May 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Bogey/Bacall, Raymond Chandler, a great director, supporting actors who were such an important part of the Golden Era, one of the best films noir.......
I think Bogey and Bacall only made 4 films together. What a pity . What chemistry !
This is more than just the famous partners though. It is a clever story, well acted, great sets, all the 'feel' of one of the best film noir ever made.
It is a bit of a convoluted plot (no, not quite as convoluted as 'Maltese Falcon:) and moves swiftly from one scene to another.
Bogey is like a giant on the screen as he 'slick-talks' his way through the wonderfully written screenplay.
There have been remakes......what a waste of money they were. This movie is the authorative version. A deserved cult film noir of the highest calibre, among the 10 best of that genre ever made (IMHO).
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The Big Yawn - Dated, Sexist, DullBy Abby88 (170 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 09 Sep 2012I quickly got tired of the long, rehearsed conversations. Nothing felt believable and I didn't warm to any of the characters.
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Philip Marlowe will always live in L.A.By FredBaby (45 reviews) from London , 15 Aug 2012Bogey. Bogey. Bogey. I'd say he was the number one TV star of the 20th century in the sense that his classics played post-war on small screen over and over and over again in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. How many times can you watch, say, the 'Falcon', 'Casablanca', and 'The Big Sleep'? I can't say how many times I've seem 'em, but I've no reason to think I'm tired of them. Nope. They must be perfection.
So what's the big deal about Chandler's never actually pinning the chauffeur's murder on anyone? I seem to recall he's explained it might have been Joe Brody. Anyway it doesn't interfere with anything, and the rest of the screen story pans out perfectly. But you do have to accept that five or six or seven women might throw themselves at Bogey. It helps the case, of course, that Betty Bacall really did love and desire him...
I think it important to point to the novel, too. In it, Marlowe is thirty, tall and handsome. Yep. And nobody's in love with him. Oh, it's a different, yet similar story. And I guess I'll read it over and over because it's part of me.
L.A.'s Tarnished AngelsBy droog (55 reviews) from Lingfield,Surrey , 10 May 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Reading Raymond Chandler novels is an exercise in appreciating an economy of style, a first-person narrative in which world-weariness and cynicism overlay the straightforward storytelling. Private Eye Philip Marlowe usually wades through a morass of lethal ladies,violent death in a milieu of corruption both of the the police and the milieu of L.A.
'The Big Sleep' was filmed several years after it was first written. Bogart and Bacall displayed the same chemistry seen in 'To Have and Have Not' ( especially in the nightclub scene) when they were obviously enjoying the racetrack metaphor). The dialogue is Chandleresque but written by Leigh Brackett and William Faulkner. Enjoyable as it was,the movement away from the novel's narrative have plot inconsistencies noted by other reviewers but can be resolved with another read of the novel.
It is obvious that the film had to skirt the demands of the Hays Code; the novel made it clear that the bookseller Geiger was peddling porno books for rent and that he and his young assistant Carol were in a homosexual relationship. Carmen,the younger daughter of General Sternwood whose offspring were born of his own corruption, was an epileptic spoilt child who featured in Geiger's pornography. The power of these relationships could not be depicted in films of that era so the screenwriters had to re-construct Chandler's narrative to avoid the censors' disapproval. One consistent theme which was translated well from the novel was the rock-solid honour of Marlowe and the fact that he doesn't seem to be scared of anybody least of all big-time gangsters like Eddie Mars and his soldier Canino; the small-time grifters like Agnes and her boyfriend Brodie come across as hopelessly out of their depth and rather pathetic. There is a marvellous scene in which Marlowe collects all the guns pointed at him; in a later scene saying ..'that's the second time somebody's thought that having a gat in the hand has the world by the tail'. Chandler had some fun sideswiping at gangster films with lines like '-grab some air' and that atmosphere permeated the film.
Although the film diverged from the novel,it just about works.The film as it stood is classic noir with its share of shady characters,deadly dames or frails who know how to exist in a sinful cesspool. Marlowe rose above it all with some terrific wisecracks and Bogart and Bacall spin them out beautifully. The delivery is monotonally laconic. Whatever the inconsistencies of the plot,the film had atmosphere and getting that right made the film an enjoyable experience.
A timeless classicBy stuntmanbob (51 reviews) from diss , 24 Dec 2011Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall give off such chemistry you need to hose down the T.V after you`ve watched the film! I agree completely with the reveiwer who says that 'why bother remake the film' you are never going to recreate the genius of these two excellent actors both at the top of their game.
I`m glad most people say its confusing, I had to read the book several times before I could get the hang of who was who. Personally I found the dialog in the film not as good as Raymond Chandler`s great use of the English language in the novel but the film is still very enjoyable and well worth watching.
Wide AwakeBy Breathe (40 reviews) from Leeds , 12 Dec 2011Despite the present day offerings of modern movie making, you cannot beat the atmosphere of a classic like 'The Big Sleep'.
Bogart playing one of his finest characters alongside Bacall is a huge element, but it is also the confusing noir storyline and the classic forties dialogue which is a joy to watch.
Maybe worth a few viewings just to clarify the plot, but with so many memorable moments, I don't think that would be too much of a chore.